Sunday, June 12, 2011

Animal Groups and Animal Characteristics

My students love animals!  

So, to keep a sense of routine during these last few weeks of school, our morning have been filled with reading and writing activities for Animal Groups.  My students worked in small groups and with partners to read, write, and share all about animals and animal characteristics!

Students used graphic organizers and post-it notes to record their learning.  Then they worked with partners to write reports.

Here's a look at our reports.

"Facts About Mammals" featured a student designed cut and paste of their favorite mammal.

"Learning About Birds" featured a paper plate bird art project.

"Reptiles" featured an alligator or turtle shaped writing book with student generated facts.

Here's a look at an alligator shaped book.

Fun With Fish
 Students used a teacher prepared writing booklet to write on the topics of characteristics of fish, fish habitats, fish food, fish babies, and interesting fish facts.  (The student work in unedited in all of these photos.)

Here's a look at a few of the fish designed paper plate projects.

We read, studied, and wrote about Insects!  Here's a look at a report!

We also covered amphibians, but I guess I did not take a photo of those projects!  It's been a busy week!

We finish school on June 21!

Hope you are having a great month!


  1. Awesome, creative ideas! I have those books so I will use some of these ideas next year. Could you describe what you did for amphibians or post a picture of the resource you used?

  2. Wow, I just love this project. I bet your children learned a lot and had fun at the same time. A winning combination in my book. Thank you so much for sharing. :) Julie

  3. Great ideas!
    Do you have links to your printable worksheets? Like the Guess whats in my jar?



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